Communique #10 – Spiritual Development
National Chairperson First Vice-President and Chairperson of Spiritual Development Shari Guinta, January 22, 2021
“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword…”
“We never know for sure when we are actually reaching people with our actions.
We don’t know it, for better or worse, until those actions have produced their effects,
and produce effects they will.”
(A Year with Pope Francis: Daily reflections from his writings)
I thought I would correspond by way of a communique before Lent. February 17th is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Canadians are one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been difficult and trying and yet, for some, enlightening. As I write this, Catholics have just celebrated the baptism of the Lord, marking the end of the Christmas season.
As I read some of your communiques, I realized that you wonderful Catholic women continue to reach out and celebrate the activities happening within your provincial council. That is one reason why annual reports are so important—to read and experience the terrific things happening in the League throughout the country. As I have said before, communication is so important, especially now that councils are not meeting regularly or at all in some circumstances.
The national executive/board continues to meet online and has tried to keep business moving in this strange, unusual time. It works, but is not as engaging and satisfying as meeting in person. I do hope that all chairpersons make special, extra efforts to reach out and correspond with counterparts.
Below are just a few things that have been done by some to keep in touch and keep members’ faith and the League front and centre. Please ask your diocesan counterparts to share this with parish councils.
- Special prayers have been developed and shared with councils.
- Presidents (provincial, diocesan) have sent cards to parish councils offering support and advice.
- Online retreats, rosaries and webinars have been offered.
- Councils have focussed on Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intentions. January—Human Fraternity: “May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, opens to all.” February—Violence Against Women: “We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.”
In my diocese, a presentation on Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, will be held on January 27th at 7:00 p.m. Visit the Hamilton diocesan website, hamiltondiocese.com. Anyone can register, and it is free. The Advent Retreat given by Rev C. O’Mahony is still available to view on the national website, cwl.ca.
Have you checked the national website lately? To Inspire is a new webpage that’s purpose is to inspire members with “inspirational messaging and videos promoting the League.” And of course, “On the Spot!” is still there with great pictures and captions of activities happening throughout the country in parish councils.
February 17th – Ash Wednesday
March 25th – Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord
April 1st – Holy Thursday
April 2nd – Good Friday, Feast of the Passion of the Lord
April 3rd – Vigil of Easter
April 4th – Easter Sunday
A brief note on the Vatican’s announcement regarding Pope Francis changing the law of the church, allowing women to serve as Eucharistic ministers and participate in other ministries. It has long been acceptable for women to serve on the altar, as Eucharistic minister and minister of the word, in many parts of the world. However, it was still actually up the the local bishop of the diocese to allow it. It is now church law that this be acceptable. Canon law has been changed from “lay men” to “lay persons.”